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Special Feature: The Greatest United States Heavyweight Champion of All Time Tournament: Round One M

Copyright Michael W. Rickard II

Originally presented at Canadian Bulldog's World.

It’s time for part seven of round one of The Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time Tournament, originally presented at Canadian Bulldog’s World. In case you’re just tuning in, this tournament includes the 21 greats who held Jim Crockett Promotions’ United States Heavyweight Championship, one of the most prestigious titles in the National Wrestling Alliance. The belt served as a stepping stone to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and became the focus of many top programs in JCP. The 21 different men who held the belt were either famous veterans or rising stars who eventually became legends. Which one of these stars is the greatest U.S. Champion of all time?

Editor's Note: Will the real Mr. Wrestling stand up? Thanks to Dick Bourne of the Mid-Atlantic Gateway for pointing out that the graphic that was previously up was that of Mr. Wrestling II. My many thanks to Mr. Bourne and my apologies for the unmitigated goof. Hope it doesn't take away your enjoyment of this segment.

The first-round matches are being held at the historic Charlotte Coliseum (now known as the Bojangles Coliseum) in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte Coliseum opened in 1955 and could hold 10,000-14,000 people, depending on the event. Bob Caudle and David Crockett will be calling the action for this round’s matches.

In our last match, “Dirty” Dick Slater and “The Total Package” Lex Luger found themselves eliminated from the tournament thanks to a double count-out. This round sees a battle of two babyfaces, Tim “Mr. Wrestling” Woods against “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Who will get the duke and advance to round two? Sit back and read the results. Keep in mind that the wrestlers working the matches are in the same physical condition they were when they held the U.S. Championship which means nearly every competitor is in their wrestling prime

Click here for the full article.

Click here for the tournament introduction

Click here for match one of round one

Click here for match two of round one.

Click here for match three of round one.

Click here for match four of round one.

Click here for match six of round one.

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